THE FLORIDA VENTURE FORUM PRESENTS THE 2018
STATEWIDE COLLEGIATE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

On May 18, 2018, the Florida Venture Forum, will host its 8th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition to coincide with its 11th Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference at The Westshore Grand in Tampa, Florida.  Previous winners have secured over $17 Million in funding. The Florida Venture Forum is now calling on universities throughout the state of Florida to bring their selected candidate to compete before a panel of judges and be this year’s winner!

Participating universities will be asked to make a small donation to help defray the cost of hosting this event. See below for details.

Upon competitor selection notification by each participating university there will also be an Executive Summary form provided to be filled out which will be included in the Conference App and available to all attendees. Participating universities will be asked to submit their chosen competitor’s six minute PowerPoint presentation to the Florida Venture Forum before the final cutoff date of May 1, 2018. Students will be presenting the morning of May 18, 2018 in front of a panel of judges who will determine the winners (Winner, 1st Runner up and 2nd place.)

The entry fee for each university is $1,500. This fee includes the following:

  • Logo promotion on all business plan marketing materials
  • Attendance for up to six attendees, inclusive of the Early Stage Capital Conference
  • Exhibit Table in the exhibition area
  • Free admission for each university’s competitor to attend the May 17, 2018 Workshop
  • Opportunity for each competitor to pitch in front of investors

For further details and to get your university registered please e-mail pat@flventure.org or call the Florida Venture Forum office at 813.335.8116.

Sponsorship Levels

Cornerstone Sponsorship

For Exclusive Cornerstone Sponsorship, please contact the Forum directly: 813-335-8116


Platinum Sponsorship
$8500

  • Podium introduction and two minue speaking opportunity at the beginning of the competition.
  • Opportunity to be included in the onstage Q & A session.
  • List of attendees including name, company, address, telephone and email.
  • Logo prominently displayed and included in the Conference brochure, Conference materials and signage.
  • Six (6) attendees at no charge for all activities (non-transferable). Names must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the Conference. Please note that any extra attendee from your company who is manning a booth needs to be included in your allotted tickets. Substitutions allowed only within the sponsoring company.

 Gold Sponsorship
$4500

  • Podium introduction of all competitors for the duration of the morning competition.
  • Opportunity to distribute marketing materials at the open tables in the exhibition area. Note: this is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • List of attendees including name, company, address, telephone and email.
  • Logo prominently displayed and included in the Conference brochure, Conference materials and signage.
  • Four (4) attendees at no charge for all activities (non-transferable). Names must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the Conference. Please note that any extra attendee from your company who is manning a booth needs to be included in your allotted tickets. Substitutions allowed only within the sponsoring company.

Silver Sponsorship
$3500

  • Logo included in the Conference brochure, Conference materials and signage.
  • List of attendees including name, company, address, telephone and email.
  • Opportunity to distribute marketing materials at the open tables in the exhibition area. Note: this is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • One (3) attendee at no charge for all activities (non-transferable). Names must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the Conference. Please note that any extra attendee from your company who is manning a booth needs to be included in your allotted tickets. Substitutions allowed only within the sponsoring company.

Please note: Final sponsor confirmation subject to the discretion of the Florida Venture Forum Board of Directors.

For any questions regarding the Conference, please contact Pat Schneider, Vice President at the Florida Venture Forum  pat@flventure.org or call (813) 335-8116.